“Just Keep Swimming”
Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. It is a book of deep encouragement for the children of God – the heirs of “every spiritual blessing…”(1:3). It’s pages remind us that we are both the recipients and the stewards of the inner power of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of faith, and a love beyond comprehension that, through Jesus, we come to understand and wield (3:14-19).
One of the most powerful encouragements of the book is Paul’s prayer for the saints at the end of Ephesians chapter three with this closing description of God:
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.
It’s hard to remember sometimes that we have that kind of power, that kind of favor, and that kind of support on our side. The struggles of this life puff themselves up like blowfish trying to look as big, spikey, and ominous as possible...and sometimes we buy into their dramatic performance. But all around them and us is this vast, infinitely larger ocean of God’s grace, love, provision, and providence.
You’ve probably heard the old Chinese proverb that says “If you want to know what water is, don’t ask a fish.” Because a fish has never lived outside the ocean, it takes for granted its environment so much so that it likely could not articulate or even be aware of the immense resources and possibilities surrounding it. Perhaps we suffer from the same as we too are enveloped in the limitless power, love, and care of our benevolent Father and God – yet often oblivious to His presence and work. So when these presumptuous blowfish cross our paths, the ocean floor feels colder, darker, and oppressive. Like Dory in Finding Nemo, we find ourselves afraid, confused, and swimming in circles. If you haven’t seen Pixar’s sequel, Finding Dory– I’d recommend it. It’s there that her parents teach her early on, whenever she meets these difficult moments – “just keep swimming.”
So, when you’re submerged in the depths of depression, fear, confusion, failure, or loss – remember God’s abundant power, and the limitless possibilities of His love working in you – beyond all that you could even ask or imagine -- and “just keep swimming.” In the endless ocean of His providence and grace, you’ll find your way home, just like Dory.